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Find the best way to send money to South Korea
Compare 7+ companies that can send money to South Korea from Canada.
Looking for the best way to send money from Canada to family, friends or businesses in South Korea (or even to your own overseas bank account)?
Don't head straight to your Canadian bank – compare specialist money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better KRW exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of Canadian dollars you send, your recipient will receive more South Korean wons.
Of the companies we've compared, Xe Money Transfers is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from $0. Need a really fast transfer? Xe Money Transfers can get money to your recipient in South Korea within minutes.
Best ways to send money to South Korea from CanadaThe best way to send money to South Korea depends on your payment method, how you want your money to be received and how fast you need it to arrive.
- Bank transfer. Typically the cheapest option, bank transfers are an easy way to send money to South Korea but are often slower than other methods.
- Peer-to-peer (P2P) transfer. With this type of transfer, the transfer service matches people buying Canadian Dollars in one country with people who are selling it in another, potentially securing a more competitive exchange rate.
- Mobile wallet. Essentially an electronic wallet service, mobile wallets allow users to store, send and receive eligible currencies using their phone, often with fees attached.
- Prepaid phone credit. Specifically used to top up a recipient's prepaid mobile phone plan, prepaid phone credit is usually added instantly or within a few minutes.
Compare the best money transfer companies to send money to South KoreaUse our table to compare the best money transfer companies to send money to South Korea. You can compare deposit and receiving options, fees and transfer speeds, then click the "Go to site" button when you've found the best one to get your money to South Korea.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
Cheapest way to send money to South Korea
Bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to South Korea. Xe Money Transfers and Instarem have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to South Korea, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:
- Transfer fees. While still cheaper than your Canadian bank, some money transfer services charge either a fixed or percentage-based fee for making your transfer.
- Exchange rates. Another way money transfer providers make money is to add a margin to the mid-market CAD/KRW exchange rate.
Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many South Korean wons your recipient will end up with.
Fastest way to send money to South Korea
Many online providers can offer transfers to South Korea within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to South Korea:
- Xe Money Transfers — within minutes
- Instarem — within minutes
- Remitly — within an hour
Actual transfer times from Canada to South Korea can depend on several different factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.
Safest way to send money to South Korea
The safest way to get your money to South Korea is to use a provider registered with Canada's industry regulator, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. All of the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both Canada and South Korea.
A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.
Large money transfers to South Korea
If you need to make a sizable money transfer to South Korea, consider using a provider such as Xe Money Transfers or Wise (TransferWise) to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
- Tax guidance. Large transfers to South Korea may have tax implications for you or your recipient. A transfer specialist can help get you up to speed on CRA's latest advice.
- Foreign exchange (forex) tools. Advanced tools such as forward contracts, limit orders and stop-loss orders can help you lock in the KRW exchange rate you want.
- Account manager. Some money transfer providers assign a personal account manager who can help and advise you on your transfer needs.
- Phone service. If you want to talk your transfer through with someone, providers such as Remitly and Xe Money Transfers can give you support over the phone.
How to send money to South Korea from Canada
To send money to South Korea, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.
- Compare your options.
Use our table to find a money transfer provider that sends funds to South Korea. One may be better for cash pickups while another may suit a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click "Go to site".
- Create an account.
You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
- Provide your recipient's details.
Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their South Korean bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
- Enter your transfer amount.
Check you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Double-check the total South Korean wons your recipient gets.
- Complete your transfer.
Send your money transfer to South Korea. Keep your transaction reference number safe so you can track your transfer. Your recipient may need it too.
Example: Minho sends money to South Korea
Minho is working in Canada as a software engineer and he stays in regular contact with his elderly parents back home in South Korea. His parents need some funds to help pay off a mortgage, so Minho plans to send them $2,000 from Canada.
He decides to compare a bank and a money transfer specialist to see which one can save the most money on his transaction.
|Bank||Money transfer company|
|Exchange rate||1 CAD = 907.26 KRW||1 CAD = 919.27 KRW|
|Transfer method||Bank account deposit||Bank account deposit|
|Processing time||2 - 5 working days||Next day|
|Amount received||1,805,439.74 KRW||1,836,235.17 KRW|
The money transfer company enables Minho to send an extra ₩30,795.43, which is transferred straight to his parents' Kookmin Bank account.
How to choose the best money transfer companies to send money to South Korea
When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from Canada to South Korea, it's important to consider the cost, how you want your recipient to receive the funds and the turnaround time. Here are other features to review:
- Exchange rates. Banks and transfer services use the mid-market rate to trade with one another. It is the best rate you can get. However, not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rate so compare the KRW you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
- Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to South Korea for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
- Transfer type. Does your recipient have a South Korean bank account or is cash or cell phone top-up a better option? Each transfer type will have different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers.
- Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for an express delivery. Some companies offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services offer the best value and get your money to South Korea faster and cheaper than banks.
- Transfer purpose. Whether your transfer is for personal or business reasons influences which provider you want to use. If it is a one-off personal transfer, then fast and cheap may be the way to go. But if you make recurring transfers or send large amounts, a business transfer specialist like Xe Business Transfers may be more economical.
- Forex tools. Are you able to set rate targets, lock in a good KRW rate for the future or create a stop-loss order? Advanced forex tools can help make your transfer cheaper, which is useful if you make multiple transfers a year.
- Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, Instarem has a transfer limit of $3,000 while Wise (TransferWise) - Under 10k allows transfers up to $1,500,000.
- Customer support. If you're sending larger amounts or looking for some guidance, it's important to choose a provider you can contact by phone like Remitly.
- Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up. Others may offer a discount if you transfer more than a specific amount of South Korean wons.
Is this a good time to send money to South Korea?
Compared to a month ago, the Canadian dollar is weaker against the South Korean won. Currently $5,000 is equivalent to ₩4,619,430.50, whereas a month ago, $5,000 was equivalent to ₩4,703,386.00. That's a decrease of 1.79% over the past month.
Similarly, compared to a year ago, the Canadian dollar is again weaker against the South Korean won. A year ago, $5,000 was equivalent to ₩4,721,237.00. That's a decrease of 2.16% over 12 months.
What's more important, however, is where the strength of the Canadian dollar against the South Korean won goes from here – which is harder to call. Based on those two quick glances back, your Canadian dollars might not go as far as they would have, so shopping around for the best deal on your transfer is key.
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